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“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”
“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

Washington DC police sued by mom of teen fatally shot in back, cops say he had BB gun, witnesses contradict [3] http://bit.ly/Ipxihs

Chicago IL & 4 cops lose $1.15mil in suit by family of trucker who died from crash injuries the family claims were ignored while he was detained by cops for too long. [0] http://trib.in/IA0ZeT

St Louis MO settles suit for unspecified sum to man shot by drunk off duty cop while trying to stop bar brawl [2] http://bit.ly/I1HTA7

Kansas City MO settles suit for $1mil to truck driver shot by cop walking out of donut shop during diabetic episode [0] http://bit.ly/IiTM8k
3 Zion IL cops subject of suit for hitting pregnant woman & kids w/pepperspray during man’s false arrest at BBQ [3] http://bit.ly/IiUemU
US Border Patrol agent and his girlfriend charged w/conspiracy to buy firearms & ammo to smuggle into Mexico [0] http://bit.ly/IwckRH

Honolulu HI cop arrested on multiple drug charges for allegedly growing marijuana & possessing 1lb of marijuana [0] http://bit.ly/Hz2oHU

Louisville KY cop w/history investigated after caught on cellphone camera slapping a cuffed teen during arrest [1] http://bit.ly/HwAmHt

7 Clarkstown NY cops subject of suit by man claiming they beat him on video during a false arrest at a bar [3] http://lohud.us/HwzzpY

UC Davis CA report faults dysfunctional dept in pepperspray case where now-infamous Lt Pike used an unauthorized large type of pepperspray canister unnecessarily [0] http://bit.ly/HCnraL

New Orleans LA cop sentenced to 20mo prison for lying about Katrina shooting death at Convention Center [0] http://bit.ly/HwAwP9

Bakersfield CA police dog attacked and injured the Kern Co CA sheriff’s ex-wife while police served a drug warrant on sheriff’s son and released their dog when they thought nobody was home. [0] http://bit.ly/IUdelT

Toronto ON cop faulted by court for routinely arresting people before investigating to see what he could charge them with [3] http://bit.ly/HCosj2


Cincinnati OH cop indicted on bribery, theft & record tampering over illegal immigrant extortion allegations [1] http://bit.ly/HCo0Bp


Skiatook OK cop charged with perjury, resigned in January in investigation involving car chase [1] http://bit.ly/IUcygc


Spokane WA cop under investigation after 8yr-old daughter shot herself in the leg with his duty weapon [1] http://bit.ly/IUceyc


Fruitland Park FL cop resigns, other faces discipline for allegedly bribing informant to lie in drug case [0] http://bit.ly/HwzNNG


Pittsburgh PA police sued by road rage cop victim claiming dept failed to discipline him after prior outbursts [3] http://bit.ly/HwznXD


Carbon Co UT sheriff’s capt resigns after charged with vandalizing 3 vehicles, including 2 gov. cars, at auto shop [0] http://bit.ly/IUed5A

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Carter Co MO deputy pleads guilty to possession of stolen firearms after sheriff pleads to similar charges [0] http://bit.ly/Ipx89J

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Jonesville MI police chief accused of hitting cuffed autistic 8yr-old who left school with a baton in the back of a police car after he left school while it was in session. [2] http://bit.ly/Hsyell

“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

Boise ID cops fatally shoot dog neighbors call friendly after letting it out then blaming owner, who wasn’t home, for failing to control his dog. [4] http://bit.ly/HHYBW4

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POLICE BRUTALITY: Dog Beaten & Shot Dead By Overreacting Cop At Crowded Street Festival


(ILD) Was the shooting death of a dog by a police officer during a crowded street festival in Washington, D.C. justified? A Poodle mix and a Pit Bull-Shar Pei mix named Parrot got into a scuffle at the Adams Morgan Day festival. Aaron Block, Parrot’s owner, told the Washington Post that he had separated the dogs and was trying to calm Parrot when police officers arrived.

In a statement, Block said Officer Scott Fike knocked him off of Parrot. As a photo taken by witness “Darcycat1” shows, Fike then kneed Parrot in the back and yanked the dog’s front paws underneath him.

Lifting the dog by his neck and back, Fike then threw Parrot over a banister and down a 10-foot concrete stairwell. Block says that when his dog – who “doesn’t handle stairs well” and was 12 to 15 steps away from Fike – staggered to his feet, the officer shot and killed him.

“The officer drew his gun in an unnecessary act of cowboy gun-slinging law enforcement and shot my dog amidst a crowd of thousands,” Block said. He had been fostering Parrot through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

The police report (PDF) tells an different story, stating that Parrot charged toward Fike in the stairwell. According to the report, Fike, “[f]earing for his safety and the safety of the large crowd that had gathered, discharged one round from his departmental issued 9MM Glock striking the pitbull causing it to fall to the bottom of the stairs. The pitbull later expired.”

Two festival attendees agree with the police report, although neither witnessed the actual shooting. Tony De Pass, a former D.C. police officer, told the Washington Post that Parrot snapped at Fike as the officer held him down, prompting Fike to throw the dog down the stairwell. (The police report says Fike was not bitten, but only scratched on his hand and wrist.) Soleiman Askarinam, the owner of a nearby restaurant, said it took several officers to get Parrot under control, and he felt police “did a good job” in controlling the situation.

Many more witnesses dispute the report. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue reports that one unnamed witness said Parrot appeared to be stunned from the fall and did not charge the officer. The witness said the dog had just gotten to his feet when Fike drew his gun and opened fire without provocation.

“This I saw because I was standing at the doorway of the business where the dog was killed,” the witness said. “As I turned away, in one to three seconds a single shot rang out. I then went out on the platform above the stairwell, and saw the dying dog’s head was nearly on top of the floor drain next to the locked gate at the bottom of the steps, facing away from the steps.”

Other horrified witnesses included 9-year-old Neda Changuit and her parents, who said Parrot appeared to be subdued before Fike threw him over the banister. Changuit’s mother watched “with shock and total disbelief” as Fike calmly fired at the dog. “I thought initially that it couldn’t possibly be a real gun,” she told the Washington Post.

Sushi, the Poodle mix involved in the fight – and who some eyewitnesses say initiated the scuffle — is recovering from two broken bones and a large gash. Her owner, Sheila Martins, told the Washington Post, “the police did the right thing because at that moment, the dog, it wasn’t controllable. I could tell like how aggressive the dog was. If he would start running around, he would attack somebody.” Martins did not witness the shooting.

Parrot is not the only dog to have been questionably shot and killed by a police officer in recent months. As we reported last month, an off-duty officer shot dead Bear-Bear in a Maryland dog park after he got in a scuffle with his dog. The officer, Keith Shepherd, was charged with two misdemeanors: Animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied home.

In another case this past Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla., a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Rottweiler were both shot to death by what their owner called a “trigger-happy cop” after they scuffled with an unleashed dog that attacked them during a walk. Even after the Chessie was shot and lying on the ground, the officer, Slobodan Juric, shot her two more times. An internal affairs investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, “in memory of a fantastic dog,” Lucky Dog Animal Rescue has created Parrot’s Fund. Donations will be used to rescue bully breeds in high-kill shelters and to educate the community “on the many wonderful attributes of these dogs.”

You can demand that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department investigates Parrot’s shooting and takes appropriate action against the officer by signing this petition. (Be aware that this links to a petition targeting the Metropolitan Police Department. There is another petition on Facebook that targets the wrong Scott Fike.)

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Man Claims Police Brutality, Sues for $8M

The Waterbury Ct.  Police department is being sued after a man claims he was attacked and left blind.

 The Waterbury Police Department is facing a massive lawsuit from a man who said officers attacked him with stones and his injuries were bad enough to blind him.

Gabriel Gonzalez showed NBC Connecticut photos of his bloody and bruised face that he said were taken on Aug. 7, 2010 after a violent encounter with Waterbury Police.
“I’m suffering. I’m going through a lot every day,” Gonzalez said.
He was arrested that night in Newington after crashing and ran away. He said he got stuck in the mud and that’s when officers surrounded him and allegedly pelted him with stones.

“They were actually making fun of me, saying 'Ooh, that gotta hurt,'” he said.
He claimed no one tried to stop the attack, and that he was hit so hard, he’s now blind in one eye and had to get screws put into his face.

“They were all laughing at me when I got hit with that rock,” Gonzalez said.
He has filed a lawsuit for $8 million over the incident and claimed he also had a punctured lung and a broken rib.

According to the lawsuit, doctors who treated him at the emergency room said his injuries were consistent with getting beaten or hit with rocks.
“I don't want this to happen to anybody else. I don't want them to go through what I’m going through,” Gonzalez said.

Waterbury Police told NBC Connecticut that the problems started when a passenger in Gonzalez’ car tried picking up a prostitute during an undercover sting near Grover and First.

When they pulled him over, Gonzalez sped off and hit the interstate. That’s when he allegedly slammed into a police cruiser and hurt two officers, but investigators said Gonzalez kept going and led them on a high-speed chase for 30 miles, until he crashed in Newington.
Gonzalez claimed he didn’t stop because he was afraid.
Documents showed Gonzalez was cleared of every charge in this case except for interfering with police. He said this lawsuit was his way of showing police went overboard.

“I think I could have been dead,” Gonzales said.

The city attorney told NBC Connecticut she was aware of the lawsuit, but it still hadn’t been served. She added it is something she will fully investigate.

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Judge grants DNA, alcohol tests in Bisard case

A judge today granted a prosecution request for new DNA and alcohol tests on blood samples taken from suspended police officer David Bisard after his patrol car crashed into a group of motorcyclists.

The Marion County prosecutor's office had asked Judge Grant Hawkins to allow a DNA sample from Bisard and test a second, refrigerated blood sample from him.

Two vials were taken after the Aug. 6, 2010, crash in which Eric Wells, 30, was killed and two others were critically injured. Only one of the vials was tested for alcohol, registering a reading of 0.19.

The prosecutor's office had argued that it needs the second vial tested to confirm that the first sample is Bisard's -- in case Bisard's lawyers try to argue it isn't.

Whether Bisard was drunk at the time of the crash has been a key issue since a blood test taken hours later registered a blood-alcohol content well above the level at which a driver in Indiana is deemed intoxicated. However, the test was thrown out because the judge ruled that the technician who drew the blood was not qualified to do so under state law.

Hawkins ruled in October that the blood-alcohol content results from the first vial could be used to bring charges of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness, but not drunken driving, against Bisard.

In allowing the testing, Hawkins said defense attorneys can be present at "all stages" of testing.

The untested vial has been stored in a secure refrigerator in the IMPD property room, according to the request for testing filed in court.

The next hearing in Bisard's case is scheduled for Aug 17, more than two years after the fatal accident. His trial is not likely to start until late this year or early next year.

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Officer allegedly spies on estranged wife and her boyfriend through search warrant
A police officer in Dauphin County is charged with breaking the law. The Dauphin County District Attorney says he abused his power to spy on his estranged wife.
Court records reveal that Millersburg Police Officer Jeremy Ulsh wanted to find out who his estranged wife was sexting. So he used his position and knowledge as a cop to figure out a way to get that information.
In 2008, Millersburg Police Officer Jeremy Ulsh suspected his wife was having an affair because he saw some sexual text messages on her cell phone. So to find out more, he allegedly falsified a search warrant, while looking for phone records on a different case.
The Dauphin County District Attorney took on the investigation and charged Ulsh with tampering with public records, official oppression and perjury.
"This is terrible,” explained Ed Marsico. “It's an assault on the criminal justice system, it's somebody who took an oath to uphold and defend our constitution who lied under oath."
Millersburg's Mayor says Ulsh was placed on unpaid suspension three weeks ago.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.
A Millersburg Police Officer faces charges after he requested a search warrant on phone records for his estranged wife and her boyfriend.
Officer Jeremy Ulsh, of Tower City, also allegedly used police equipment to videotape the outside of the woman's home. He then uploaded that video on to his personal Facebook page, according to court documents.
Ulsh admitted to falsifying the search warrant but denies the videotaping allegation.
He has been charged with perjury, tampering with public records and official oppression. Ulsh is out on unsecured bail with
a preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday.
Millersburg’s mayor tells CBS 21 that Ulsh is suspended without pay.

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Zisa trial continues with opening arguments
opening statements in the trial of suspended Police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisa for official misconduct and insurance fraud depicted diametrically opposing views of his influence over the Police Department and the city.
Judge Joseph Conte, left, and Attorney Patricia Prezioso, who represents Charles 'Ken' Zisa, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Daniel Keitel, and Attorney Francis Meehan, representing Kathleen Tiernan, meet in the judge's chambers on April 2 before open arguments got underway.
The prosecution stated that Zisa abused the power of his job for his own ends, while the defense countered that members of Bergen County's power elite politically conspired to end his career.
With jury selection complete, Daniel Keitel, assistant Bergen County prosecutor, set the groundwork on April 3 for his case against the suspended police chief by reviewing the Zisa family's acquisition of power and influence in Hackensack over the past 50 years.
According to Keitel, Zisa used that power inappropriately when he allegedly interfered with two police investigations to shield his ex-girlfriend, Kathleen Tiernan, and members of her family.
"We're a nation of free people. We are not subject to rulers and despots and dictators," Keitel said. "What we're subject to is the law. We're not subject to somebody's whims."
Keitel outlined the state's charges against Zisa, which stem from two incidents. Zisa is charged with abusing his power by allegedly interfering in a 2004 assault and robbery case in which Tiernan's then-teenage sons were suspects, Keitel said. He is also accused of removing a reportedly intoxicated Tiernan from the scene of a February 2008 automobile accident before a sobriety test was administered. Tiernan was driving a car owned and insured by Zisa, who later filed an $11,000 insurance claim for the accident.
Keitel also noted that four police officers scheduled to provide critical testimony in the case against Zisa — Hackensack officers Joseph Al-Ayoubi, Laura Campos and John Hermann and Bergen County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Arosemowicz — allegedly experienced a pattern of retaliation from superior officers that extended to within a few days before testimony was to begin. The officers will elaborate on this pattern when they testify, Keitel said, but the alleged retaliation includes numerous administrative disciplinary charges, criminal charges and pension deductions.
Overall, the prosecution maintained that Zisa not only retaliated against these officers, but also acted without appropriate respect for the law.
"Mr. Zisa didn't do his job by enforcing the law," Keitel said. "He injected himself where he should not have injected himself, into cases where he knew the suspects."
The mention of these officers led Patricia Prezioso, Zisa's attorney, to call for a mistrial, a step defense attorneys use when, in their judgment, the prosecution has made unsuitable statements.
Prezioso and Francis Meehan, Tiernan's attorney, argued that Keitel's statements about the police witnesses made an unfavorable impression on the jurors, suggesting that Zisa had created problems for the officers that they had made for themselves. The defense also asserted that the prosecution had circumvented a court rule that states that defense attorneys must be notified about new information before it is given to a jury.
"The story that was told to this jury was ridiculous," Prezioso said.
But Judge Joseph Conte ultimately denied the defense's request for a mistrial, stating that Keitel's statements failed to do the kind of irreversible damage that would make a mistrial necessary.
Prezioso proceeded with her opening statement on April 4. She countered Keitel's suggestion that an all-powerful Zisa guided the police force by personal impulse with the idea that his leadership style and prominence made him the target of a politically inspired "witch hunt" designed to take him down.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli was the instigator of a conspiracy against Zisa, using the claims of disaffected members of the city police force to build a case that would save his job and advance his own political ambitions, maintained Prezioso.
"I would call this a politically convenient prosecution for Mr. Molinelli," Prezioso said.
Prezioso also asserted that Molinelli's motives were influenced by the heated environment of Bergen County politics, and that Molinelli went after Zisa in order to curry favor with Zisa's longtime political foe, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D – Teaneck), who has also at times been at odds with the prosecutor.
Molinelli, who was appointed by a Democratic governor, was coming to the close of his term and could use the support of Weinberg to get reappointed by Republican Governor Christie, Prezioso said. Weinberg had used senatorial courtesy privileges, which allow state senators to block gubernatorial nominees from their home counties without need to justify their actions, to hold up Molinelli's 2007 reappointment.
Although Prezioso made it clear that she was not accusing Weinberg of being involved with any plan suggested by Molinelli, she noted that the prosecutor was well aware of Weinberg's enmity for Zisa, who had fought Weinberg in a bitter senate campaign in 2005.
Molinelli declined comment on Prezioso's conspiracy claims and stated that he would not comment until the end of the trial.
Weinberg, who was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor against Christie and Kim Guadagno in 2009 and who has sparred with him over policy issues since his election, called the defense's line of reasoning "pretty laughable."
"Anybody who thinks that currying favor with me will get them a nomination from Governor Christie lives in some kind of fantasy world," Weinberg said.
Prezioso also pointed to Zisa's strict leadership style as a factor in his prosecution. Discontent generated by disciplinary actions and lack of promotions began to be publicly known when Zisa brought up Anthony Ferraioli, the PBA Local 9 union president, on disciplinary charges.
Prezioso noted that William Wilks, a private investigator who works with Patrick Toscano Jr., Ferraioli's attorney, first discovered the details of the two incidents that led to Zisa's criminal charges.
These charges were reinforced by police officers who stand to monetarily gain if Zisa is convicted, Prezioso said, adding that these officers allegedly made deals with the prosecutor's office to avoid the consequences of their own misdeeds.
"When there's money at stake, when there are jobs at stake, people are motivated to lie," Prezioso said. "Let me be blunt — the main witnesses of the prosecutor, Laura Campos, Joseph Al-Ayoubi, John Hermann and Eric Arosemowicz are lying. If Ken Zisa loses, they win."
The opening statement of Francis Meehan, Tiernan's attorney, was comparatively brief.
"Miss Tiernan was dragged into it as a result of the problems the police were having, but she did not commit a crime," Meehan said.
The opening statements concluded, Keitel called his first witness, Arosemowicz, to the stand on April 4.
The first officer on the scene of Tiernan's 2008 accident, the Bergen County Sheriff's Department sergeant testified that he could smell the odor of alcohol on Tiernan's breath when she said to him "I'm Kenny's girlfriend."
Prezioso has claimed that Tiernan was not intoxicated and swerved to avoid hitting an animal.
After the first Hackensack officer came on the scene, later identified as Al-Ayoubi, Arosemowicz advised him to call a supervisor to the scene because of Tiernan's claims about her relationship with Zisa.
Arosemowicz's testimony was cut short so that Judge Conte could hear arguments without the jury present about whether recent disciplinary actions could be used in court.
Keitel wants to demonstrate that these charges, which include a threatened charge of perjury, were generated by a politically connected sheriff's officer, who was trying to browbeat Arosemowicz before he testified.
Keitel asserts that the Sheriff's Department attempted to make a deal with Arosemowicz to coerce him into early retirement in exchange for not filing perjury charges against Arosemowicz related to his deposition in one of Zisa's civil cases.
Without the jury present, Arosemowicz testified that he was charged in May 2011 with 74 disciplinary infractions. As a result of the charges, he was told that he could receive a seven month demotion, with a 60-day suspension and a 12 month probation period or else a hearing would be held the next day to terminate him.
Arosemowicz admitted under questioning from Prezioso that he did commit the violations. His testimony was scheduled to continue on April 5, but the trial was postponed until April 9 because Prezioso became ill.
The second scheduled witness is Al-Ayoubi, who was made to take a steroid test, a move he asserts was illegal. The results of the test were positive, but both criminal and administrative charges against him were dismissed in 2009.
Keitel has said the drug Al-Ayoubi tested positive for is an over-the counter supplement that is legal, and that he was an example of someone who Zisa retaliated against.
Al-Ayoubi is one of the city police officers who have filed civil lawsuits against Zisa.
Prezioso has previously argued that the dismissal of Al-Ayoubi's charges were unjustifiable and that the move came soon after the announcement that Al-Ayoubi would testify against her client. She asserts the dismissal is part of a deal with the prosecutor's office.

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Court records in Miami Beach corruption arrests raise questions about cops

By David Smiley The Miami Herald
Miami Beach police want to know more about potential ties between officers and a city fire inspector accused of running fake cocaine for undercover agents.

Miami Beach police are concerned that one or more of their own may have provided “protection” for cocaine drops staged by undercover federal agents.

Recorded statements and details laid out by the FBI in a criminal complaint against Miami Beach fire inspector Henry Bryant allude to illicit relationships between Bryant and Miami Beach officers, and raise questions about whether department officers escorted Bryant through city limits while he carried kilograms of “sham” cocaine.

“I’m concerned of any allegation or impression that a Miami Beach police officer would do that,” Police Chief Raymond Martinez said Thursday. “We’re certainly going to be working with the FBI to follow up on any information they may have.”

Martinez and federal agents have talked about meeting early next week.

The FBI and local authorities arrested Bryant, a second Miami Beach fire inspector and five city code compliance officers Wednesday.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office accused the Beach employees of extorting an unnamed South Beach nightclub owner out of $25,000 over several months. In return, agents said the employees allowed the club to avoid inspections and stay open despite hefty tax debts.

Authorities also arrested Miami-Dade Police Officer Daniel Mack and said he and Bryant were paid $25,000 to transport duffel bags of fake cocaine for undercover agents posing in the club as drug dealers.

No Miami Beach officers have been arrested.

Bryant allegedly boasted about his contacts with as many as four Miami Beach officers and four Miami-Dade County officers, court records show. He also told agents he would transport cocaine with unmarked Miami Beach police escorts within city limits — he said department cruisers were marked with GPS — and Miami-Dade County police escorts through the rest of the county, according to court records.

Sgt. Alejandro Bello, president of the city’s police union, said the details in Bryant’s criminal complaint raise a number of questions.

“Was he being truthful?” Bello said. “Should we be concerned? Are they looking at other police officers? Or were they just friends who didn’t know what was going on?”

An FBI spokesman said he could not elaborate on details in the criminal complaint.

According to court records, Bryant transported a duffel bag stuffed with kilograms of fake cocaine from South Beach to North Dade on Dec. 21 and on Jan 14.

During the first run, court records say an unmarked, gold four-door sedan “appeared to be following Bryant” in Miami Beach before Mack picked up the escort outside city limits.

During the second run, agents say Bryant met them at the club and introduced them to an “identified police officer” after they asked about the whereabouts of his “other associate.”

Court records don’t name the officer or his department, but say he escorted Bryant in his personal black Chevrolet Impala from South Beach to the 62nd Street exit of Interstate 95, where Mack began tailing the fire inspector.

“That’s part of what we’ll be meeting with the FBI and working on follow-up information about,” Martinez said. “I don’t know if from that complaint that police officer is a Miami Beach police officer or from another department.”

The investigation remains open.

Said Martinez: “We have a lot of questions.”

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Woodridge cop pleads guilty to stealing from charity

A former Woodridge police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing thousands of dollars from a charity event intended to benefit families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Scott Webb, 40, remains in DuPage County Jail awaiting sentencing in May, according to records. He did not seek a plea deal and faces up to seven years in state prison, law enforcement officials said.

Webb, who was involved in organizing “crawlin’ for the fallen” pub crawls, diverted more than $30,000 from the charity in 2009 and 2010, which he used as a “personal slush fund” to support a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said.

“I don’t know why he decided to do what he did, but we’re just happy that it’s finally over with,” said Craig Figgins, president of the Illinois Concerns of Police Survivors, the group Webb stole from.

Webb, formerly of the 1700 block Rebecca Drive in Romeoville, owned two homes, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and several automobiles. The stolen money helped pay for his lifestyle, prosecutors said at a court hearing last fall.

“I speak for all survivors when I say he took money out of what we could do for the families of fallen officers,” said Figgins, whose brother was a sergeant with the St. Charles police department when he was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

After felony theft charges were filed last spring, Webb was supposed to turn himself in. Instead he fled the area after withdrawing $16,000 from his bank account, officials said.

He was taken into custody in October in Branson, Mo., where authorities say he was living in an apartment under an assumed name. His pickup truck was being stored in a shed, its Illinois license plate replaced by one from Washington, D.C.

“Not only did Mr. Webb, a former police officer himself, steal from the families of police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty, he then fled the state to avoid responsibility for his deplorable actions,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.

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Police: Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Driving Intoxicated

Officer Morton Gallagher Taken Into Custody

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis Metro Police officer was arrested on Friday on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, officials said.
About 9 p.m., IMPD supervisors were notified of an IMPD officer driving his cruiser from a location of off-duty employment while in uniform.
IMPD supervisors said they suspected Officer Morton Gallagher had consumed alcohol after another IMPD officer alleged smelling alcohol on his breath.

IMPD’s Professional Standards Division and DUI Unit was called to conduct an internal investigation.

Gallagher cooperated with internal investigators and voluntarily submitted to a test for chemical intoxicants. Based on test results, he was preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, officials said.
He was taken to the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center where he posted bail a short time later.
Officials said a decision to file formal charges will be made by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gallagher has been a member of IMPD since 1991. He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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Police abuse case lingers a year later

JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD).

Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in Jackson Square. He claimed that unidentified police officers choked him and used a homophobic slur while accusing him of buying drugs, when he had only bought groceries.

No charges were filed, and Pearlstein-Gluck filed a complaint with BPD’s Internal Affairs. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also got involved.

The investigation “remains active,” BPD spokesperson Elaine Driscoll told the Gazette. “There is no conclusive information to report at this time.”

Pearlstein-Gluck did not respond to a Gazette request for comment.

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland is once again in the spotlight. The town has suspended five police officers without pay as a result of ongoing investigations.

Town Manager David Hollis and interim Police Chief Mike James informed the following officers of their suspensions today: Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Officer Michael Landen and Officer John Blasingame.

“It's been going on for some time and just recently we received some information that led us to this point right here,” Hollis said. "We will continue with the ongoing investigations until we have all the necessary information to make an informed and final decision on these officers and their further employment with the Town of Leland Police Department. We feel strongly that the actions we have taken today are warranted based on the information we have thus far received."

James says there are several allegations of policy violations, but could not give any more details because of the ongoing investigation.

"We want the citizens of the Town of Leland to know and understand that we are dedicated to providing effective and courteous law enforcement," James said. "The level of service required of the police department by the town and the citizens will not be diminished by the actions taken today."

“This is fairly indefinite until we can get the full information from the investigation,” Hollis said. “I’ve asked that the investigation be expedited so that we can come to a conclusion fairly soon.”

Hollis and James say the ultimate goal is to re-establish trust and move forward to changing the perceptions people have of the police department.

“To be able to do that, we have got to check ourselves and make sure that we are following the same rules and laws that we expect everybody else to do,” James said.

Last year, during an audit of documents and training files, state regulators discovered Blasingame had not completed his mandatory in-service training in 2009 due to his military commitment. Training and Standards said then that Blasingame should be relieved of his duty immediately.

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La Mesa Police Still Targeted by Ex-S.D. Mayor Candidate’s Brutality Suit

Rich Riel amended his complaint and hopes to serve papers on ex-Chief Al Lanning, others.

On Wednesday, Riel’s case of alleged police brutality against former Chief Al Lanning and four officers saw two procedural hearings scheduled—one for June 15 and another July 13, according to court records.

Riel on March 20 filed an updated complaint (attached) against the police and Johnnie Loy Williams, a convicted felon involved in the October 2010 incident on Highwood Avenue that led to Riel’s civil suit in El Cajon Superior Court.

After previously failing to properly serve legal papers on the defendants, Riel said he would try again in the coming week.

But Thursday, a lawyer for the Police Department told Patch that Lanning and the officers have agreed to allow his legal office “to appear for them in this case without requiring proper service as dictated by the California Code of Civil Procedure.”

The lawyer, John P. McCormick, said via email: “We are filing a responsive pleading within the next few days.”

As for Riel’s allegations, including one that Williams wasn’t properly investigated by La Mesa police, McCormick said it would be improper to comment upon any ongoing investigations “nor to suggest there are any such investigations.”

“I can report that we are doing those things necessary to properly investigate any and all relevant allegations in pursuit of a proper conclusion to the pending litigation,” he said.

On Thursday, Riel said the defendants are stalling for time, “hoping I will give up and go away. They are running up costs, hoping I will quit. I hope to serve Lanning within the week. I will be sending the sheriff out to attempt service after I have served the [former] chief.”

Riel, a Serra Mesa resident in his mid-60s, ran for San Diego mayor twice in the early 1980s. In late February, Judge Eddie Sturgeon sided with La Mesa police in efforts to fend off the case, saying the lawsuit wasn’t properly executed and he hadn’t served papers properly.

But Riel quoted Sturgeon as saying “I don’t want to wait six months to get to this case.”

In a March 9 letter that Riel says was hand-delivered to Police Chief Ed Aceves, Riel criticized the officers’ refusal to accept service of the papers, which Riel said gives the appearance of wrongdoing.

Riel said such actions violate a police code of conduct (attached) suggested by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“This lawsuit is going to expose the historical practice instituted under Chief Lanning of a systematic abuse of the constitutional rights of citizens,” Riel said in the letter.

He offered to drop his legal action against three officers—Russell Higgins, Sean Snow and Rodolfo Salazar—if any of the three “wish to disavow the actions taken by Chief Lanning and Sgt. [Brett] Richards.”

On Oct. 8, 2010, the Riel complaint says, he posed no threat to the public or police when the four officers “dragged [me] from the porch of [my] house, handcuffed and incarcerated [me] in the back of a police car, while [my] home was search and seized without due process.”

Riel’s complaint cites another 2010 case, a lawsuit by Todd Brunetti against the city of La Mesa claiming he was subject to the “excessive and unreasonable use of force.”

“Sgt. Richards was present when Brunetti was Tasered 9-10 times for as long as 11 seconds each time, while holding his child,” Riel alleged. “Not only was he forced to undergo excessive Tasering, he endured two elbow strikes directly to his head, a knee strike to the side of his body and was sprayed in the face with Oleoresin spray.”

Riel called this evidence of “excessive and unreasonable use of force” an ongoing policy of the La Mesa Police Department.

But court records show that Brunetti sought dismissal of the case on Oct. 4, 2010—less than five months after filing the lawsuit against Chief Lanning and Officer Jacob Wisler.

[Wisler was one of two officers who returned Mayor Art Madrid home in February 2008 after finding him lying in a sidewalk inebriated while a city finance employee also was passed out in Madrid’s SUV.]

[The officers were criticized for not conducting sobriety tests before they drove them to Madrid’s Eastridge house about a block away.]

[An independent investigation by San Luis Obispo-based James Gardiner Associates cleared the officers of any wrongdoing, saying they didn’t violate department regulations or the law.]

In his March 22 letter to Aceves, Riel said: “I have been instructed by the Judge [Sturgeon] in my case to serve each one of your officers and Chief Lanning by personal service. Please consider this a formal request for you to instruct your officers as to their duty as law enforcement professionals. Their refusal to accept service puts them in the class with criminals and deadbeats.”

Riel said he wasn’t asking Aceves to order them to accept service, but “I am requesting that you give all of them this letter and the attachments, and urge them to do their duty.”

Patch sent police officials a series of questions on the Riel case, but they were forwarded to Mission Valley-based attorney McCormick, who responded on their behalf.

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